TONSPUR 69: BJ Nilsen (SWE): obenzwischenunten
8 channel sound installation in the TONSPUR_passage
Opening: Sun, Apr 17, 17:00
“obenzwischenunten” (abovebetweenunder) imagines a world where the dichotomy of ‘above’ and ‘below’ is blurred. It is a journey from the Viennese sewers to the Friedhof der Namenlosen, the ‘Cemetery of the Nameless’. “obenzwischenunten” explores what is below and how it relates to the above through the city’s sewage system. The almost invisible system of canals is itself a subterranean city — its 2300 kilometres of sewage canals burrow beneath Vienna and end up in Simmering, the main sewage treatment plant located at the city’s lowest point. Despite their obviously positive purpose of channelling rain, grey and wastewater, the previously nicknamed ‘Cholera channels’ are still associated with darkness and escapism.
The sewers underneath Girardipark are one such place. They were filmed (and cemented in our collective memory) for the final scene in the iconic film “The Third Man” (1949), directed by Carol Reed, when the black marketeer Harry Lime, played by Orson Welles, is shot and killed while trying to escape his pursuers through the canals. Another such place where above and below blur is the Cemetery of the Nameless, documented in “Angeschwemmt” by Nikolaus Geyrhalter. From 1845 to 1940, people who drowned in the Danube — many of them unidentified — ended up being caught in the swirling water in a bend of the Danube close to Alberner Hafen and were refused church burials because they were generally considered to be suicides. Instead, they were laid to rest in the Friedhof der Namenlosen.
Recorded at Friedhof der Namenlosen, Gasthaus Ettl, Girardipark (above and below), along the Danube, and at Alberner Hafen. Electronically edited and manipulated at MQ.
— BJ Nilsen
Photo: Gasthaus zum Friedhof der Namenlosen. © BJ Nilsen
www.tonspur.atApr 18 thru Jun 08, 2016, daily 10-20:00
Manfred Wakolbinger: INHALE - EXHALE
Installation in the MQ ART BOX
Opening: Tue, Apr 19, 19:00
Venue: MQ ART BOX
“in order to keep life floating.”
The MQ ART BOX is an interior room within an external space, a hollow form, a display window, which simultaneously excludes and includes space.
In Manfred Wakobinger’s installation, a photograph of rising air bubbles divides the room diagonally. The air bubbles rise, drifting upwards from the watery medium that is their origin, towards the atmosphere. Breath – too much of it, too randomly, makes the breathing person stagger; too little of it makes him lose consciousness. When pressure is reduced, something new is created; the form changes.
The sculptures of this installation show moments of floating and of pausing mid-air – fragile moments of equilibrium between what lies above and below.
The lines drawn by the sculptures are reminiscent of the bloodstream that keeps an organism alive: Goethe’s Lines of Beauty and Bellmer’s Lines of Crime. They are cryptograms of a double movement: of giving and receiving, of push and recoil. Figures entwined in a dance.
Born in 1952 in Mitterkirchen, lives and works in Vienna and Lower Austria. Manfred Wakolbinger was trained in metal working and tool making, and is sculptor and photographer since 1980. He produced several films such as Galaxies, Desertflight. Some of his sculptures stand in the public places of Salzburg, Linz, Wiener Neustadt, St Pölten and Vienna.
Curated by Elisabeth Melichar
Image: © Manfred WakolbingerApr 20 thru Jun 30, 2016, daily 0-24:00
Sergei Sviatchenko (DNK): SECRETLY
Wall installation at the MQ Forecourt
Location: MQ Forecourt
No English description available.
Image: © Sergei Sviatchenko
www.sviatchenko.dkApr 21 thru Dec 31, 2016, daily 00-24:00
LANGUAGENCRYPT/Layers And Essence
Installation by Gruppe Or-Om in the Raum D / Q21
Venue: Raum D / Q21
Download flyer: http://or-om.org/languagencrypt.pdf
Download encoded text: http://or-om.org/textencrypt.docx
Images and hints on FLICKR: www.flickr.com/groups/languagencrypt
Key: Gruppe Or-Om
Basic theory: http://goo.gl/ub3CcMay 01 thru Sep 30, 2016, daily 10-18:00
May 05 thru Jun 04, 2016, Mon-Fri 10-18:00, Sat-Sun 11-18:00